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Dream Eater's Carnival

(Bitlather Chronicles #1)

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Desperate for adventure, the headstrong Leisl abandons her sterile cathedral life for a mysterious traveling carnival. Surrounded by vibrant energy and eccentric performers, she finds a sense of belonging.

Although she embraces her new life, Leisl is unable to shake a strange sense of unease. There is more to the reclusive carnival owner than meets the eye. Soon she learns
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Kindle Edition, 83 pages
Published February 21st 2015 by Torch Goose Press
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Elise Edmonds
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk
A great introduction to this interesting and unique world. Meet Leisl as she goes through life-changing events, by running away with the carnival and learning the life of a show performer, before becoming embroiled in the seedier side of things.

My only criticism would be that it went by too quickly. It felt like Leisl did her first performance, then disaster struck and the next change in her life was upon her before the reader had adjusted. I would have preferred more of a build-up to the discov
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K.F. Germaine
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"Quite fantastical" accurately sums up my thoughts on the Dream Eater's Carnival.

The story begins with teenage Leisl, who up until the enigmatic Dreamer's Carnival arrives, lives a simple life tucked away from the bustling world around her. Mesmerized by the festivities, she abandons the only home she's known, lured by the energy and mystique of the traveling carnival troupe. Through Leisl's eyes, I experienced every sight, smell, and sleight of hand offered by her odd yet endearing newly found
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H.L. Burke
Sep 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
My Review

I really enjoyed the characters and the aesthetic of this world. It was a lot of fun with constant surprises. I wasn't crazy about how abruptly it ended, but since it flat out says it is a "prequel" in the description, it is obviously meant to make me want to buy the rest of the series ... and it did, but the series isn't out yet. Tsk.
The piece is wonderfully atmospheric with a great mix of realistic grit and dreamlike haze. There were a few moments where I chuckled out loud and a few
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Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism)
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. This review originally appeared on my blog DaniReviewsThings.com.

This is the first steampunk world I’ve entered, so I’m not sure if I was able to truly appreciate everything. The world is maybe ours in the 19th century, mixed with steampunk and fantasy elements. The steampunk adds an almost eerie, dreamy atmosphere to everything, while the fantasy brings in mag
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Maren
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this novella from the authors in exchange for an honest review.

If you're looking for a quick yet exciting read that is the opening piece to a new series you should definitely check this one out. Liesl is a special girl who has grown up living in a cathedral but it's not the kind of cathedral that we know in this world. She wants something more and runs away to join the carnival. While there she makes a shocking discovery. The authors have created a world that is exciting fil
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Jeffery Russell
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: steampunk
A witty and suspenseful ride into a creepy steampunk carnival with a naive heroine who has some secrets of her own. Dream Eater's Carnival is the opening of Leslie Anderson's Bitlather Chronicles and gives us a rolling start into a world of brass and magic. Everything you want in a steampunk carnival-eccentric carnies, rolling wagons, sinister magicians and a touch of the supernatural. Well worth the read and I'm looking forward to more of Leisl's adventures.
Alison
Aug 30, 2015 rated it liked it
This story serves as a sort of prequel to a full-length novel coming out... soon?... from the same authors, so it ends up a bit packed full of tidbits that don't make a lot of sense because I presume they'll be explained later, but the atmosphere of the book is so fantastic that I will probably check out that novel whenever it arrives.
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Kyla
Jun 09, 2015 added it
It was a really good book, I loved it and followed it through out it's process of being made. It was far more than I could have ever imagined and I still have dreams where I see the lovely scenery from th story!
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